Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 7, 2017
REVISED November 7, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #22

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Howard L Keever, Jr., Code Enforcement Case Number CE2011060642 - 827 Manatee Avenue, Ellenton


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Jeff Bowman, Division Chief, Ext. 6854

Action Requested

Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $1,500.00 (as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on September 27, 2017), subject to the following conditions:

  1. The reduced fines shall be paid within 90 days or will revert back to the original fine amount of $156,625.00 for CE2011060642.
  2. Recording fees need to be collected, which total $20.00.
  3. Building and Development Services Department Director is authorized to sign satisfactions of liens if the reduced fines are paid.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 152.09, Florida Statutes

Background Discussion

Howard L Keever, Jr., has been the property owner since 1931. He suffered a stroke in 2011, which was when this case was processed, and had no recollection of this case. He only learned of the lien when he went to take a loan out on the house to have repairs done. Currently, he lives on Social Security and does not have the extra money to pay the fine in full.


Debris and unscreened outdoor storage (furniture, plastic, cardboard boxes, etc.) on the property located at 827 Manatee Avenue, Ellenton.


  1. Notice of Violation issued July 6, 2011.
  2. Special Magistrate Hearing was held on August 24, 2011 - Ordered to comply by September 23, 2011, or a minimum fine of $100.00 and a daily fine of $75 would be imposed.
  3. Compliance date was May 2, 2017.
  4. Fines for the case total $156,625.00 plus $20.00 recording fees. 
  5. Special Magistrate Mitigation hearing was held on September 27, 2017.  The Magistrate determined that justification exists to reduce the total fine amount and to forward the request to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation to reduce the fine amount which totals $156,625.00 to $1,500.00 plus $20 recording fees to settle the case.  Staff recommends approval.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward a stamped copy of the agenda to Administrative Specialist Robin J Dyer (robin.dyer@mymanatee.org) in the Code Enforcement Division following disposition.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  BOCC Attachments - November 7, 2017 - Howard L Keever, JR CE2011060642.pdf